Judge Joe Brown Asks For Hearing Delay Until Appeal Is Heard

Joe Brown mug shot

Joe Brown mug shot

(Shelby County) Attorneys for Judge Joe Brown filed a motion to stay court proceedings, pending an appeal.

A hearing is currently scheduled for May 2, but Brown wants it delayed until his appeal is heard.

The appeal was filed at the same time as the motion asking for the delay.

Earlier this month, a hearing in the contempt of court charge set for April 4 was cancelled.

All the judges in Shelby County Criminal Court, where Brown was once a judge, recused themselves.

The Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court was asked to assign a judge to hear the case, and Senior Judge Paul Summers has been named to oversee it.

Click here to see the motion filed Thursday.

A court order details what led up to Brown’s arrest in March.

The order was written by Magistrate Harold Horne and states Brown, a former Shelby County judge and current attorney, was representing a woman whose case had been continued.

The order states Brown wanted the case dismissed, “During the course of Mr. Brown’s remarks it became clear that he was entering on a course designed to disrupt and denigrate the court proceedings as his comments became progressively more disrespectful and it appeared that he was willfully and intentionally baiting the court.”

In a recording from the proceedings you can hear Brown say, “On what authority do you sit by the way? As a former judge here, we have a rule in the 30th judicial district that says every single magistrate, referee has to be unanimously approved by every circuit, chancery, and criminal court judge. I don’t recall that your name’s ever been submitted sir!”

The court order addresses the recording, “It should be noted that while a recording of the proceedings will show the words used and their tone, the recording will not show Mr. Brown’s directing some of his invective toward the “audience” rather than the Magistrate.”

The court order further states, “the Court was of the opinion that Mr.Brown was attempting to provoke a riot in a courtroom which was filled with over 70 citizens and that a failure to act quickly would disrupt the orderly progress of the Court’s hearings.”

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